See what it was like to live in the early 19th century at the Orange Johnson House in Worthington on a special Family Day each month this summer. The tours are family-oriented, with activities for the kids to enjoy while the adults enjoy the historical significance.
- Sunday, May 28, 2017: Grave Rubbing 2-5 pm
Guests to the Orange Johnson House are invited to take a tour, as well as make some grave rubbings from special plates belonging to the Society. Put together by John Snouffer, these plates depict the grave markers of notable Worthington residents that are buried at St. John’s Episcopal Cemetery as well as popular imagery that appears on many 19th century gravestones. Rubbings are made on these plates at Pioneer Days by third graders when the event is hampered by inclement weather. Try your hand at grave rubbing at the OJ House, and then perhaps even venture to a local cemetery to document the marker of an ancestor or notable Worthington resident!
- Sunday, June 25, 2017: Kids Crafts 2-5 pm
Visit the Orange Johnson House and take a family friendly tour of the museum. Following the tour, kids can choose to make a clothespin doll or a Jacob’s ladder to take home. One craft kit of choice will be provided per adult or child admission paid. Additional kits will be available for purchase for $3. (Members – one kit included per membership)
- Sunday, July 23, 2017: Family Tours 2-5 pm
Docents will lead family oriented tours at the Orange Johnson House this Sunday. During the tour, rooms will have several objects to handle that will bring to life the early 19th century lifestyle for our young visitors.
If you want to explore the house on other days, the Orange Johnson House is open on Sundays from 2-5 pm (closed July 2nd and 9th)
Admission: Adults, $5; Children 6 -16, $3; Members Free
Orange Johnson House
956 High St
Worthington, OH 43085
About the Orange Johnson House:
Visit the Orange Johnson House Museum and step back into nineteenth-century Worthington – into one of the oldest residences standing in its original location in central Ohio. This property offers a unique view of both the pioneer and Federal periods in Worthington. The oldest portion was built in 1811 by Arora Buttles. The six-room house was on thirty-five acres, part of a choice farm lot next to the village. The pioneer architecture can be seen in the low-ceilinged keeping room with its solid walnut wainscoting and steep dogleg staircase to the second story. The kitchen has the original open fireplace with a large iron crane and bread oven. The house is furnished with period pieces, some of which have a connection to early Worthington families and activities.